When You Shouldn’t Do it Yourself
A do-it-yourself project in your home can be an empowering way to save money, provided you know what you’re doing. But making even one simple mistake could put a strain on your back or your bank account. Often, it’s best to put safety first and call a professional. Here are four types of home improvement projects that are best left to the experts.
1. Renovations — Structural changes require a licensed contractor. Not only can poor craftsmanship severely affect your home’s value, but it can also put your family in danger. Why take the risk?
2.Plumbing or electrical projects– There’s a reason these are called skilled trades. Both systems are complex, no matter how straightforward a repair may initially appear. Even small leaks can cause serious water damage, and faulty electrical wiring can lead to a house fire. Don’t risk flooding or electric shock.
3. Repairs involving heights — More than 130,000 ladder-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms each year. Whether you’re looking at a roof repair from Hurricane Irma or trimming a tree, consider calling a Riken before attempting to complete the job yourself. And thanks to Gov. Rick Scott, Riken can help with this too!
4. Time-sensitive projects — Weigh your work and family commitments before embarking on a home improvement project. Even if you’re confident in your abilities, the added pressure of a tight deadline can lead to unnecessary and often dangerous mistakes.
Remember, just because a DIY project looks simple doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe. When in doubt, err on the side of caution and call Riken!